What do you do at the library?
I have a lot of fun greeting patrons, recommending books to people, purchasing and selecting new books that I think our patrons would like, and also supervising the other librarians and volunteers, if they need it.
What first brought you to the library?
When I first moved to Monkton, I saw that there was a library and noticed that it wasn’t open, so I went to the Town Clerk and asked why. She said that they needed a librarian, so I applied for the job. I saw it as a chance to serve the community. The rest is history.
What do you do in your free time?
I enjoy reading, gardening, kayaking, hiking, sewing, paper crafting, and teaching enrichment programs to preschool and elementary-age kids.
What book genres do you know best?
Picture books are my specialty, but I also know YA fiction, literary fiction, mystery novels, particularly nature based ones, and survival themed non-fiction pretty well. I also read quite a lot of memoir, and I have a real soft spot for post-apocalyptic stories.
What are a few of your favorite books and authors?
When the English Fall by David Williams
The World Made by Hand Series by James Howard Kunstler
I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith
Untamed: The Wildest Woman in America by Will Harlan
Hole in My Life by Jack Gantos
Bad Boy: A memoir by Walter Dean Myers
The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson
George by Alex Gino
Bink and Gollie by Kate DiCamillo
I am a huge speculative fiction fan, so basically I read lots of sci fi, fantasy, and horror. Since our library isn’t big on speculative fiction, I know most about YA and graphic novels, particularly action, fantasy, sci fi, superheroes, and books by and about diverse people.
The Foreigner Series by C.J. Cherryh
The Dresden Files by Jim Butcher
The Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater
Superman: Secret Identity by Kurt Busiek (story) Stuart Immonen (art)